Carl Ansevin, 100
BOARDMAN Carl Ansevin was born Feb. 27, 1909, at his home on Burlington Street, the son of Concetta and Christopher Anzivino Anzivino, and died Feb. 27, 2009, on his 100th birthday. For the last six years, he resided at Ron Joy, where he was well-liked and respected.
His parents were born in Montaguto, Avellino, Italy. He grew up in the Brier Hill area of Youngstown, the eldest of eight children. He was 15 when his father passed away at the age of 56, and he and his brother, Franklin, worked to support the family through the Great Depression.
He volunteered for the U.S. Navy during World War II, and his title was 1st class machinist in Patrol Bombers (PBYs). PBYs were American flyer boats used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts and search and rescue missions, and the most successful aircraft of its kind, and Carl dropped bombs from the back of these aircraft. In his latter years, he could vividly recall his experiences in the these aircraft and the conditions as they would spiral downward in the Pacific during World War II.
After working in the steel mill, he was a superintendent for the Youngstown Sheet Metal Manufacturing Co., which was later bought out and renamed the Automatic Sprinkler Co., and he retired in 1959.
He was quite interested in the stock market and studied The Wall Street Journal daily, making his own investment decisions.
He had a great sense of humor so much so that he was nicknamed Joe Green after the comic book character from the 1920s by his younger brother, Frank (95).
He was a track star at The Rayen School and was an avid golfer, teaching many of his Brier Hill neighbors the game, playing in their own tournaments with ice cream cones as trophies. He also enjoyed dancing at the Idora Park Ballroom and other venues to the sounds of the big bands.
He was always quite health-oriented. His mother, Concetta, was the healer of Brier Hill, using garlic and prayer, as well as making house calls and delivering babies.
Carl continued the health interest as an organic gardener, and he also had beautiful flower beds. He exercised regularly, walking at least five miles a day through Brier Hill. He was a connoisseur of vegetable and fruit juices, specializing in carrot juice, tomato juice, endive and dandelion juice, and anything else he could grow in his organic garden.
Carl was an honest, hard-working man who knew how to enjoy life. He studied what he felt was important, made his own decisions and was an independent thinker. He was ahead of his time with great foresight in his investment and health issues.
He took excellent care of his mother, Concetta, until she died four months short of her 102nd birthday.
Carl will be sadly missed by his brother, Franklin, and his sister, Virginia Kohut; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-grand nieces, as well as many cousins.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Anzivino, Annette Bassett, Rose Pandone and Clemetina Simone; and a brother, Domenic, who died in infancy.
Calling hours will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home and Monday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. with a 9:30 Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.